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Republicans Refuse to Believe Results of Biden Physical Which Said He Was Healthy and Fit for Office

Hey, just because your guy lied about his weight doesn't mean Joe did.

It seems odd that presidential physicals — the examinations they regularly undergo and then publicize in order to be transparent about their fitness for office — have become something political. But then, everything is political now.

President Biden transferred Executive power to VP Kamala Harris for just under an hour and a half Friday as he underwent his exam and a colonoscopy, and his doctor publicly stated that he was in fine physical condition other than a few minor ailments that mostly come with age.

Certainly, he did not ask Dr. Kevin O’Connor to lie about the examination, as an unnamed recent president did every year of his tenure. O’Connor released a six-page outline of Biden’s results, and summarized it:

President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief.

Ever projecting their own failings, Republicans were not convinced that Biden was telling the truth. They seized on the minor issues that Biden is facing, including gastroesophageal reflux — something that one in five Americans suffers from — as well as the way he walks. Dr. O’Connor chalked up the irregular gait to a likely holdover from a broken foot Biden suffered when he was playing with his dog last November.

Biden’s stutter as a child has been a life-long challenge for him and has contributed to a lot of rumors about his mental fitness for office. His Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the concerns of conservatives at a briefing Friday afternoon:

There are certainly quite a bit of conspiracy theory pushing out there on a range of social media platforms and even through the mouths of elected officials. So that could certainly be a root cause.

Take a look at what conservative Twitter is saying:

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